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Colombia should also be the most educated nation in human rights : President Santos
an article by Colombia Government Press Release

President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday [March 27] that just as Colombia has the goal of being the leading nation in education in the region, it should also be the most educated on human rights.

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This was stated by the president during the launch of the Ibero-American Institute of Human Rights Education , sponsored by Organization of American States, which was attended by several presidents and international guests.

"And today I go beyond , inspired by the Institute we are launching : Colombia must also be the most educated nation in human rights ," he said .

He explained that to meet this goal, the National Plan for Human Rights Education will be expanded in integral form.

"We are constructing a document on Culture and Education on Human Rights with the participation of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, the National Planning Department and the Presidential Program as well as over 20 state agencies," he said .

Concerning the Institute, President Santos said that "it will support - for example, the exercises of the National Human Rights System, give continuity to the National School of Education and Culture in Human Rights for public officials that has been developing during the past year."

It also said that with this school - "which is the first project of the Institute along with the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation and the Presidential Program for Human Rights, we are conducting human rights training with an innovative pedagogy for local officials throughout the country."

He said that this education should guarantee the protection of human rights, because only through education can we generate a culture that ensures that these rights are exercised and respected by inner conviction of individuals and society, and not merely by legal imposition," he said .

He recalled that Colombia has been historically respectful of its obligations under international law and the rule of law .

"Proof of this may be seen in the profound legal and institutional changes that the country has experienced in recent years to ensure recognition of the victims of the internal armed conflict," he continued .

He reiterated that the inter-American system plays a key role in ensuring full respect for human rights throughout the region.

"And today I want to reiterate that our government will continue contributing in the efforts required to strengthen it," said President Santos .

The event was held at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, in the presence of the presidents of Bolivia, Calos Mesa; of Guatemala, Marco Vinicio Cerez ; of Dominican Republi , Leonel Fernández and of Colombia, Ernesto Sampe; the mayor of Zaragoza (Spain ), former Minister Juan Alberto Belloch, and the present Education Minister, Maria Fernanda Campo.

Also present were the Director of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture and the Director of the Institute of Human Rights Education, Ángel Martín Peccis, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Álvaro Marchesi.

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This report was posted on April 21, 2014.